Earthrise, Reprised

Artists celebrate the 50th anniversary of the planet’s most famous portrait.

“Earthrise” by Jon Ramer reimagines “Earthrise” by Bill Anders (right). Ramer’s “dot art,” a style he learned from aboriginal Australians, is acrylic on gessoed masonite. (Jon Ramer)
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Former Astronaut Nicole Stott, who in 2009 became the first to paint a watercolor in space, recently reminded her artist friend Simon Kregar that this month is the 50th anniversary of “Earthrise,” the famous photograph of Earth suspended above the moon’s horizon, which was taken during the Apollo 8 mission by astronaut Bill Anders. Kregar got an idea. He emailed his fellow artists in the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Earth’s only artist’s guild devoted to space, suggesting that members commemorate the historic moment. The works you see in this gallery were part of the response. Founded in 1982, the IAAA today has 170 members in 43 countries and is currently participating in an exhibit at Space Center Houston marking NASA’s 60th anniversary, “Sixty Years of NASA Art.” The show is on view through January 7, 2019.

"Earth and Moon from Orbit" by Mark Garlick

What if the moon and Earth appeared in the window not of a spacecraft but of an airliner? Does Mark Garlick prophesy an airline that will fly in space, or is this all a dream? “I got the idea spontaneously from just seeing an image of an airplane window. I’m a bit weird like that!” says Garlick, a computer animator with a Ph.D. in astrophysics based in Hove, England. He created “Earth and Moon from Orbit” in 3ds Max and Photoshop.

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